Arsenal started negotiations with €20m-rated Dominican defender

The London giants are set to open the door for Hector Bellerin to come back to his boyhood club Barcelona. Spain international’s future at Emirates Stadium has become the hot-topic in north London this week as he looks to take the next step in his career.

Hector has been linked with a move to PSG in the past. Arsenal, however, have devised a plan to sign one of their desired targets in Junior Firpo this summer by offering Bellerin to the Blaugrana in a possible swap deal.

It appears both the footballers are not in the best books of their respective clubs, with Spaniard, in particular, failing to showcase the talents or the speed the onlookers were familiar with three-four years ago. Bellerin has also had issues with injuries as well as a lack of consistency.

All of these were contributing factors in the Gunners acquisition of Cedric Soares last year. And for the upcoming summer transfer window, the Spanish manager is reportedly keeping a close eye on Max Aarons as his desired replacement for the 25-year-old defender.

Junior Firpo, meanwhile, was linked with a move away from Barcelona last month, having featured in only five league matches this term. La Liga giants, though, pulled the plug on a possible move due to fears over a lack of depth in the squad.

That said, Ronald Koeman could be tempted to cash in on Junior in the summer as the Dutchman looks forward to a possible squad overhaul. And a direct swap between Firpo and Bellerin does make sense as Barca have lacked a proper competitor for the new signing Sergino Dest, often being forced to play Oscar Mingueza in that position.